Category Archive for: ‘Robots’

can we re-create r2-d2 geeky science

GS#4: Do We Have The Technology To Re-Create R2-D2?

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Hello!  Welcome to Geeky Science #4, which will focus on whether or not we have the technology to re-create R2-D2.  If you missed one of the prior three posts, or just got here via Google, you can visit the introduction page for easy navigation between all of the posts!   What Makes R2-D2 Special? So, why do we geeks have an obsession with R2-D2?  What makes him so special compared to other tiny moving robots?  R2-D2 is an astromech droid, but I …

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Hexbug Larva Comes Slithering Onto The Scene

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  The Hexbug Larva is the newest, most disturbing member of the Hexbug family.  If you weren’t content with robotic ants, robotic caterpillars, robotic spiders, and robotic crabs, surely a robotic maggot will satisfy your sick and insatiable tastes.  What makes the Hexbug Larva unique is its lack of legs – it inches its way rather quickly across a surface using only core muscle contractions.  Also, it doesn’t need to hit something in order to turn around and change direction.  The Hexbug …

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Mechatars Battling Robots Evolve In Both The Physical And Virtual Realms

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The Mechatars Battling Robots are cool remote controlled creatures that evolve both in and out of the virtual world.  You can battle your friends in the physical realm, or you can go online with your bot and take on strange middle aged men who live in California.  When you fight a friend, either online or in the real world, your robot gains experience points and becomes more skilled.  Speed, damage, defense, and other traits are taken into account. There are also attachable …

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Lego CubeStormer II Solves The Rubik’s Cube In Under 6 Seconds

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The Lego CubeStormer II, the second generation of this NXT Mindstorm Robot, has shattered its record.  While it had previously required around 10 seconds to solve a Rubik’s Cube, it now only needs 5.352 seconds to do the same thing.     The CubeStormer II is powered by a program loaded onto a Samsung Galaxy S II, and the bot and program were both built by Mike Dobson and David Gilday.  Evil scientists?  Maybe not, but they can sure solve a Rubik’s …

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Desk Pets Tankbot: It May Be Better Than A Dog

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If you are feeling a little lonely in the big city, but aren’t really sure whether you are ready to get a dog yet, then why not try getting a Desk Pets Tankbot first? Yes, Desk Pets has recently released a small four-wheeler pet called a Tankbot that fits onto the palm of your hand. It comes in four different colors, has various play modes and can also be controlled by an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or an Android phone or …

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Panasonic Evolta Robot To Complete Iron Man Triathlon

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Panasonic’s Evolta Robot, on October 23rd, will have one week to complete a 230 km Iron Man Triathlon in the beautiful state of Hawaii.  The Evolta has, in past years, climbed the Grand Canyon, walked from Tokyo to Kyoto, and made me delicious waffles.  Okay – the last one was my mom.  MA!  GIMME MORE SYRUP IN THE SQUIRTLE GLASS!  *Scarfs down some dry waffles*  Never mind, I’m done.  I’ll be in the basement if you need me, I left my PayPerView …

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Robot Changing Into A Helicopter: Real Life Transformer

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The researchers at the University of Minnesota from the Center of Distributed Robotics have tried to give wings to the dreams of many. Only a prototype for now, they have developed a miniature robot that travels on the ground, and within seconds can transform itself into a helicopter. The process is reversible and the conversion time for the robot changing into a helicopter is approximately 3 seconds. Robot Changing Into A Helicopter: The Technical Details     This little rolling robot runs …

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Keepon Dancing Squishball Robot: Never Gonna Give You Up

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No, I’m not going to Rick Roll you.  I just want you to check out an article I wrote on the Keepon over at Autism Plugged In.  This cool toy is a dancing robot that also has therapeutic value for kids with autism.  Trust me, you’ll love the article.  If you don’t, then you’ll love the video I put in the article to make it more interesting. Keepon Dancing Robot    BUY My Keepon – Available October 24, 2011 Further Reading:  Bilibo Imagination Toy …

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